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Life Technologies Introduces the Benchtop Ion Proton™ Sequencer; Designed to Decode a Human Genome in One Day for $1,000
Date:1/9/2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) today announced it is taking orders for the new benchtop Ion Proton™ Sequencer that is designed to sequence the entire human genome in a day for $1,000.

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The Ion Proton™ Sequencer, priced at $149,000, is based on the next generation of semiconductor sequencing technology that has made its predecessor, the Ion Personal Genome Machine™ (PGM™), the fastest-selling sequencer in the world.

Up to now, it has taken weeks or months to sequence a human genome at a cost of $5,000 to $10,000 using optical-based sequencing technologies. The slow pace and the high instrument cost of $500,000 to $750,000 have limited human genome sequencing to relatively few research labs.

Baylor College of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, and The Broad Institute, have each signed up for multiple Ion Proton™ Sequencers and will be the first customers to adopt this transformative technology.

Breaking the Cost and Time Barrier for Genomic Sequencing

"A genome sequence for $1,000 was a pipe-dream, just a few years ago," said Dr. Richard Gibbs, Director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center, Baylor College of Medicine. "A $1,000 genome in less than one day was not even on the radar, but will transform the clinical applications of sequencing."

"Cost, speed and accuracy are key elements in the use of DNA sequencing for both disease-gene discovery and c
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